Saturday, January 11, 2014

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

                Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

                Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 

                Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My thoughts: I’m in love. Seriously. Celaena got me! She is strong, fierce, sneaky, funny, adorable, foul mouthed and beautiful! I started less than four days ago and I’ve already finished! I don’t know what to say, I really don’t! She wasn’t afraid to take things on her own hands and make them work. She is different from every female character I’ve ever read because she didn’t sit there and waited, no; she made it happen. I couldn’t stop picturing Jennifer Lawrence as Celaena. I mean, they totally match! She would be awesome if it someday became a movie. Celaena is rule less, fearless and I like it.

                This book was well written. The author kept it simple but it was never tedious. Every chapter something happened, adding new details to this enticing story. Some parts were predictable to me, but it was delightful to see that I was right (I love when I get the things right! *laughs*). When I came to the end, I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted to tear it apart until I found some missing part that had the rest of the story. *laughs*

              The boys were amazing, but I have to say that I’m team Chaol (* ¬ *). Dorian was the hunk: the guys that get all girls, that is handsome, – his features are my favourite: blue eyes and black hair – rich, gentleman. But he is a kid: he’s nineteen, immature (for me), scared of his Father – the King of Adarlan. Chaol is different: despite the toughness, he is softhearted, funny, friendly. He stayed beside Celaena during all her preparation for the battle, and what did Dorian do?? Just came to her chambers once in a while and hooked up with her. Chaol, if Celaena doesn’t pick you, you can stay with me, no prob! *laughs*

                At first I thought that those things with ghosts of an elf queen were a bit silly but I gave a vote of faith for the book and wasn’t disappointed: Ms. Sarah did a great job with the whole plot, joining Viking mothology (Wyrd is one of the goddess of time, representing the past) and magic, elfs etcetera. The way the King conquered Erilea kind of reminded me of The Middle Ages (in the beginning if I’m not mistaken), when the Catholic Church destroyed many “pagans” and their beliefs to affirm their power. He had no respect for the others, stomping at everything as if they were cockroaches.

                The characters that I despised were him (the King), Cain and Kaltain. They were greedy, mischievous, liars and cruel criatures. I was glad with Cain’s fate (that I won’t say), but I’m afraid that the King might have something dark on his sleeve, but now I have to wait until the sequence arrives here where I am!


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